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Meet Jorel Corpus

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jorel Corpus.

Jorel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in Manila. Parents taught me how to play guitar when i was 12 and pretty much got interested in music since then. Was playing around Asia with my old band who was fairly successful in the PH until I decided to upgrade my skillsets when things got too comfortable.

After that, I kind of uprooted my whole life and moved to Boston to study in Berklee (College of Music.) At that time, I felt that that was the move. It was all I knew since some of my friends went there. My whole world opened up, new city, new culture, new people. It took me a while to adapt and I could say I had a lot of hard times adjusting to my new environment up until I graduated. I had friends and close relationships because Iʼm that kind of person but I was having a really hard time adjusting as I mentioned so I never felt like I was able to maximize my situation spiritually (Iʼm Christian) and relationally (missed friendships because of not opening up completely as others did)
Moved to LA and here we are!

From when I moved to LA, a lot of things happened. At first, I was in a phase where all I was aiming for were VISA related things. A lot of us international kids face a situation where we need to prove to the government / USCIS that we basically deserve to stay here in the US and that comes with many hoops to jump at. If you add that to the usual stuff that US residents take care of (paying rent, earning a wage and basically surviving) it really adds a lot of pressure. That being said, I have always thought of it as a test of tenacity on how much do you really want to survive and exist here.

At some point after that when things started to get a bit more settled, I started feeling less pressured I guess. Part of being a Christian man is trusting God for your future and trusting his word that He has plans for you and that he will take care of you. When I started letting go of all the anxiety and offering it to Him, honestly a huge weight got lifted off my shoulder. I prayed a sincere prayer of offering all of the things I was anxious about like my VISA process, my money situation and my career and trusting Him for everything. It was really awesome and of course, I still did my part and worked as hard as I can but somehow thereʼs less pressure when you know you are gonna get taken care of. And here we are.

In between arriving in LA and today. I have been fortunate enough to work with people who I have learned from whether the work was really terrible or really easy. All my visa requirements were taken care of, and even in the middle of this pandemic, I seem to be okay because a lot of my work is remote.

Great, so letʼs dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges youʼve had to overcome?
No, not really. It has not been easy at all.

Like I mentioned, I was struggling relationally and culturally when I was in Boston. That was huge. It was the first couple of years in my immigration to the US (little did I know it) I think my struggles were pretty common tho since everyone experiences that upon moving to a new country.

And as usual with everyone here in LA, people struggle to find work. You have to be creative and open and ready for anything. I learned how to be tenacious, did my part in working jobs for “exposure” and free stuff for a while but I guess thereʼs a certain survival mode that kicks in when you find yourself not being able to pay your bills and working more than you should. They are all learning experiences.
And what I am constantly struggling with is my ability to trust God versus letting my survival instinct kick in. Itʼs a constant battle specially when things get real with your bills and such. But honestly itʼs fine so… weʼre good, haha.

Weʼd love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I do a lot of things in the realm of audio and music. Recording, Mixing, Producing you name it. At this point in my career, I am trying to be versatile and open to all types of interesting opportunities. I would have to say that currently, Mixing is my specialty. Most of the work that pays me is Mixing for post-production and music. I am most proud that I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. And that I get to do what I really like doing and maintain a somewhat balanced work and leisure lifestyle. I personally feel like what sets me apart is that Iʼm just nice to my clients and I am incredibly easy to work with. I donʼt ask a lot of questions because I try to understand and interpret what my clients want as much as I can. This was something I picked up from my old mentor who was incredibly accommodating and professional to his clients.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Knowing that no matter how hard I work, nothing is in my control. God controls my narrative. I just do my best everyday. Oh and be nice to people! No one wants to work with someone they donʼt like.

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